Gay Rights: Good News and Bad News on the Protection of Personal Freedoms
Posted at 8:48 a.m. on Feb. 21
Recent judicial and legislative action related to LGBT rights reflect conflicted attitudes across the nation.
The good news: The New York Times reports that “Oregon will not defend a ban on gay marriage in the state, which was sued by four same-sex couples who say the ban violates the United States Constitution.”
The bad news: In Arizona, the state Senate passed a “‘religious freedom’ bill Wednesday, which would effectively allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people,” reports TPM.
Andrew Sullivan weighs in on the anti-gay legislation with a positive note that is bolstered by recent polls (below) on the subject: “In America in the 21st Century, the movement that seeks to legislate outright discrimination against a tiny minority is doomed to bitter failure. It’s doomed because the principle of non-discrimination is now endemic in American culture — and among the younger generation the first article of their civil religion.”